Station access plan aired next week
Published 11:11 pm, Friday, March 29, 2013
STAMFORD -- A new elevated walkway linking riders to the Stamford train station from South State Street, along with upgraded communications, additional shelters and other features are part of a plan being aired by the state Department of Transportation next week to help make station access easier.
The work, which could begin by next spring, is separate from another project meant to improve pedestrian access and safety. That plan, funded by the city, state, and Building, Land, & Technology, would add a pedestrian bridge over Washington Boulevard, said Yure Kuljis, a project manager with the DOT's division of rail.
"The improvements are part of a longstanding need to improve pedestrian safety and access to and from the station," Kuljis said.
Kuljis and other DOT engineers will present the South State Street project plans at 7 p.m., Thursday, in the Stamford Government Center, 888 Washington Blvd. The project includes a staircase on to Atlantic Street.
The station plans represent changes riders and corporations have desired to make the station more accessible and user-friendly, said Joseph McGee, vice president of public policy for the Fairfield County Business Council.
"This is very important work that we've asked them to look at," McGee said. "The issue has been for years to look at pedestrian safety and how to get people safely into the train station and improve their exiting."
Kuljis said the project will cost $10.5 million to $16 million, and will use part of a $10.5 million federal grant awarded to Stamford from the Federal Transit Administration in December 2011.
In applying for the grant, the city indicated it expected the use of the station to double in the next 35 years.
As part of the construction, Metro-North Railroad will install two sets of electronic signs to provide real time information, including the next three trains to arrive, their on-time status and track location, said Aaron Donovan, a Metro-North spokesman.
Metro-North will replace monitors in the terminal with larger, flat-screen versions that will display real time details on the status of the next nine trains, Donovan said.
Project plans will be on display for public review starting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and will be on the DOT and Stamford's websites.
Anyone interested in requesting information on the project should contact Kuljis at 860-594-2895.
Written inquiries should be mailed to Jayantha Mather, Transportation Principal Engineer, Department of Transportation, 2800 Berlin Turnpike, P.O. Box 317546, Newington, CT 06131-7546 or by email at Jayantha.Mather@ct.gov.
Please refer to State Project No. 0301-0157 in all correspondences.